The gist: Since Tinder completely flipped the world of online dating upside down in 2014, numerous apps have tried to compete and give them a leg up on the powerhouse — but to no avail. That is, until Happn came along. Happn uses your current location to alert you of other users nearby, so if you're too scared to talk to a random cutie on the train, Happn can help you match with them and tip you off to other singles who are nearby. (No, really — one of my friends literally watched a guy next to her on the train "like" her on Happn. It's a thing.)

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but the search for the perfect mate goes on. And your smartphone may be able to help. Even a few years ago, Internet dating meant tethering yourself to your computer, but these days, mobile devices and location-sensing apps have turned the world into your playground for dates, hookups and long-term relationships, with even Facebook testing out a dating service of its own for its massive social network. Check out our top dating, hook-up and meet-up apps that will help you find the Right One... or the Right Now. (Image Credit: Bbenard/Shutterstock)
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If you want to join Raya, be prepared to do a little legwork. After downloading the app, you need to complete an application and have a referral from a current member. Your application is then assessed by certain algorithmic values before being evaluated by an anonymous committee. The entire process can take anywhere from several weeks from several months, and once you’re approved there’s also a monthly membership fee of $8.
Yes, officially Instagram is a social media app for sharing photos, but unofficially it’s hotbed of lust, thirst and clandestine messaging. When you think about it, your Insta is the perfect dating profile. Loads of pics of your face and, if you’re a flaunter, your body. You reveal where you go on holiday, what you eat, who you hang around with and... well, everything really. Plus the captions on your photos can give an idea of your intelligence (watch out for textspeak and bad opinions) and your sense of humour. And now Instagram stories lets people see you walk and talk before they’ve even met you. You’re practically besties before you even make contact! Unlock your Insta, get creative – and do a few underwear shots – and your inbox will be groaning with messages from people who want you hashtag-shag them.
Bumble looks eerily similar to Tinder, but functions a tad differently. The big catch with Bumble is that when opposite genders match, the woman must message the guy first — and she has 24 hours to do so. Guys can extend matches for 24 hours, if they’re really hoping to hear from a woman, as can ladies, if they want to initiate something with a match but just haven’t had the time during the first day. For same-gender matches, either person can initiate the conversation first.
Was den Sexting-Hype ausgelöst hat, sind die neuentstandenen Dating- und Chat-Apps. Sie haben herkömmliche Single-Börsen vor allem bei den 15- bis 40-Jährigen abgelöst. Was vor Kurzem noch über detaillierte Profile und dem Zusammenspiel ausgeklügelter Parameter funktionierte, ist mittlerweile denkbar einfach geworden. In kürzester Zeit lassen sich mit Flirt-Apps spannende Singles finden, treffen und eventuell sogar tiefgründiger kennenlernen.
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